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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Service is excellent. Food is excellent. Can be a little crowded, so make reservations. Waiting for a table outside by the fountains with a cocktail, makes the wait not seem long at all.

Thank M. T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my new lady friend there earlier this week for dinner. Had one of the best meals ever! The menu, ambiance and location are excellent...in the heart of Broad Ripple and right on the Monon :) Can't hardly wait for our next visit...

Thank Chris B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding food, bread is superb... actually anything that came out of the kitchen was delicious, great service... love the place... btw this was our first

Thank Murat D
Newburgh, IN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived here rather late from a trip north of Indy. Was afraid it might be too late to be seated or dine. They appeared to be very busy, but they welcomed us and we were seated promptly in a nice location, I assume as it was just two of us and there were some much larger groups. Seated in a... More 

Thank Thomas M
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Italian dining experience on the southern edge of Broad Ripple cannot be missed. The courtyard at the rear of the restaurant is a perfect, secluded venue to enjoy a wide range of Italian fare. The setting was authentic and was not cheesy. The service at our table was prompt and helpful but I also noticed a real energetic buzz... More 

Thank indytxee
Saint Andrews, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined in the patio garden, and the evening was wonderful. There were friends, family, and classmates in attendance, and the ambiance, great food, and friendly & efficient service made it an experience to remember.

Thank Ronald N
Cicero, Indiana
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous appetizer (calamari), wonderful Italian wedding soup, bread with olive oil, fabulous stuffed chicken with mushrooms with angel hair pasta, rosemary chicken spinach mushroom lasagna and wonderful shared tiramisu dessert. Fabulous place and Frank Sinatra singing in the background. Wonderful atmosphere!!!!

Thank Sheila F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We sat outside in the back patio garden. It was beautiful, with flowers and a water fountain. We had an exceptional time with our friends. The food was perfectly prepared, with great flavor, and served hot. The bread was warm and replenished upon request. This is a must visit in Indianapolis! Love, love, love Mama's!

Thank BobKevin
south dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I have been trying to get to Mama's for quite a while and have not been able to get it done. However this past October we had the chance and I jumped at it. Boy am I happy to make it there. We were able to sit outside on the patio. It was wonderful in the fall. They had it... More 

Thank switch88
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We've eaten at all of the Italian restaurants in Indianapolis, and hands-down, Mama Carolla's is consistently the best. Situated just on the south end of Broad Ripple, it's worth the drive. Be sure to arrive early or be prepared to wait because they don't take reservations on the weekends. There's a small bar area and limited outdoor seating where you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?